HEARRT (the Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Resource Reduction Team) Midwest connects healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs.
In the late 1990s, the US EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began collaborating with healthcare organizations to assist them with mercury elimination (thermometers, sphygmomanometers, laboratory reagents, etc.), other toxic chemical minimization (e.g. dioxins from the incineration of poly-vinyl chloride) and solid waste reduction. HEARRT 1.0 brought together healthcare facility representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the MN Hospital Association for over a decade (~1996-2010).
Most US healthcare facilities are now mercury free, incineration of PVC has been reduced and many healthcare facilities are reducing their solid and infectious wastes.
However, interest continued in a venue for healthcare environmental improvement professionals. In 2014 HEARRT was resuscitated (now HEARRT Midwest) to deliver advocacy, education, networking opportunities and support to facilities working to achieve the triple aim using environmental sustainability.
The recovery team was comprised of staff from CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.
Currently HEARRT Midwest is steered by representatives from Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.
HEARRT Midwest provides education, networking and support events three times a year. Contact us to be added to our email list.
We look forward to you joining us!
HEARRT Midwest thanks the following member affiliates:
Scoping out healthcare purchasing
Friday, December 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
3M's Innovation Center
The recently released Healthcare's Climate Footprint found if the health sector were a country, it would be the fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet and, over 70% of healthcare's climate footprint is due to Scope 3 emissions, that is, products used and discarded, distribution of heat & cooling and, some transportation.
HEARRT Midwest's fall event will focus on the full cost accounting of the supply chain, environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) case studies from HealthPartners and Mayo Clinic and, at-the-ready EPP contracts and other tools from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the state office of Enterprise Sustainability.
Anila Prabhu, Global Sustainability Director, 3M
Catherine Zimmer, Executive Director, HEARRT Midwest
10:15-11:00 The cost of ownership: the true cost of products
Beth Eckl, Director, Environmental Purchasing, Practice GreenHealth
11:00-11:30 Sustainable supply chain, not an oxymoron
Amanda Holloway, Sustainability Director, Mayo Clinc and Dana Slade, Director of Sustainability Programs, HealthPartners
11:30-11:45 EPP for your smaller facility
Melissa Peck, Sustainable Materials, Environmental Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
11:45-12:00 Successful EPP in fleet services
Anne Hunt, Director, MN Office of Enterprise Sustainabilty
12:00-1:00 Lunch and networking in 3M cafeteria, compliments of 3M
1:00-2:00 Tours of the Innovation Center
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON DEC. 1, 2019.
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